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1116. Print Zero Even Odd




Suppose you are given the following code:

class ZeroEvenOdd {
  public ZeroEvenOdd(int n) { ... }      // constructor
  public void zero(printNumber) { ... }  // only output 0's
  public void even(printNumber) { ... }  // only output even numbers
  public void odd(printNumber) { ... }   // only output odd numbers

The same instance of ZeroEvenOdd will be passed to three different threads:

  1. Thread A will call zero() which should only output 0’s.
  2. Thread B will call even() which should only ouput even numbers.
  3. Thread C will call odd() which should only output odd numbers.

Each of the threads is given a printNumber method to output an integer. Modify the given program to output the series 010203040506... where the length of the series must be 2n.

Example 1:

Input: n = 2

Output: “0102”

Explanation: There are three threads being fired asynchronously. One of them calls zero(), the other calls even(), and the last one calls odd(). “0102” is the correct output.

Example 2:

Input: n = 5

Output: “0102030405”


This problem can be solved using semaphores. In the class, create three semaphores semaphoreZero, semaphoreOdd and semaphoreEven for methods zero(), odd() and even() respectively. Initially, semaphoreZero has 1 permit, while semaphoreOdd and semaphoreEven has 0 permits.

For each method zero(), odd() and even(), in the loop, there are three steps. The first step is to acquire a permit from the current semaphore. The second step is to call the printNumber.accept(x) method for the current number. The third step is to release a permit back to the next semaphore.

import java.util.concurrent.Semaphore;
import java.util.function.IntConsumer;

public class Print_Zero_Even_Odd {

    // co-ordinate 3 threads
    public class ZeroEvenOdd {
        private int n;
        private Semaphore even;
        private Semaphore odd;
        private Semaphore zero;

        public ZeroEvenOdd(int n) {
            this.n = n;
            even = new Semaphore(0);
            odd = new Semaphore(0);
            zero = new Semaphore(1);

        // printNumber.accept(x) outputs "x", where x is an integer.
        public void zero(IntConsumer printNumber) throws InterruptedException {
            for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
                if ((i & 1) == 0) {
                } else {

        public void even(IntConsumer printNumber) throws InterruptedException {
            for (int i = 2; i <= n; i += 2) {

        public void odd(IntConsumer printNumber) throws InterruptedException {
            for (int i = 1; i <= n; i += 2) {

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